Chad Bryan, Youthlink Writer
An Internet search for 'Hooves Jamaica' will yield comments from travel critics and others alike praising the attraction for its adventurousness and its unique ability to stimulate fun and exhilaration among visitors. It has been rated number 2 of 219 attractions in Jamaica on the popularity index provided by Trip Advisor. An entry fee of $3,000 is required for adults and $2,400 for children. Non-residents pay US$77.
The attraction, correctly known as Hooves Jamaica Limited, is located in St Ann's Bay at Seville Estate and Great House and offers a heritage beach ride, special-occasion rides and private rides for the more accomplished and experienced riders. It is opened on public holidays (never on Sundays) and every weekday, and features approximately 30 horses which are fed grains twice a day.
Visitors who opt for the heritage beach ride are given a crash course in the proper way to mount, dismount, stop and turn their horses. They are then taken on a guided tour through our turbulent history via the estate, down to the beach and into the ocean.
On special occasion rides, not only will guests be immersed in the island's history, but they will also be able to indulge in some good ol' jerk chicken with sparkling wine served by a private tour guide. At the end of the tour, they'll receive a souvenir CD of their photographed experience.
After being assessed of their riding capabilities, private riders will be allowed to ride at their own pace, accompanied by a guide and wearing a helmet, of course.
During Youthlink's visit, which primarily included the heritage beach ride, tour guides Patrick, Derrick and Danny ensured that the team knew the history surrounding the estate as well as any other useful information, such as where Columbus had landed on his first voyage. Our team of horses which included Piper, Misty, April and So-Sensational were quite responsive and well-behaved, especially as soon as we hit the water.
In the end, the team's time at Hooves Jamaica Limited was well spent.
Must-try: Racing the horses in the sea.
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